Stillwell by Laura Nelkin


February 2015
Lace ?
22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
656 - 1312 yards (600 - 1200 m)
45.75 (70.5)” [116.25 (179) cm] width at top, 36.25 (56.25)” [92 (143) cm] garter edge, 29.5 (44.75)” [75 (113.75) cm] bind off edge.
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Stillwell is knit in two sections. First, a long lace border is worked, then stitches are picked up along the straight edge of the border to work the garter stitch body. The shawl body is attached to the picked up border stitches at the end of every wrong side row. You will be “eating” two stitches from the border for every one WS row worked. The shawl is knit in a traditional boomerang shape: every right side row increases by one stitch at the beginning of the row and decreases by one stitch at the end of the row, and every wrong side row increases by one stitch at the end of the row. It is much easier to work lace stitches if you have needles with sharp tips.

When working from the chart, work RS rows (odd numbered rows) from right to left and WS rows (even numbered rows) from left to right. Instructions for WS rows may be given separately.

YARN: The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace (65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 656 yds/100 gm skein): sapphire (smaller), 1 skein, rhodolite (larger), 2 skeins.
GAUGE: 22 sts + 34 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter st, after blocking.
NEEDLES: 1 - US 5 (3.75 mm) 40” (100 cm) circular, 2 - US 5 (3.75 mm) straights or dpns.
NOTIONS: Tapestry needle.
SIZE: 45.75 (70.5)” 116.25 (179) cm width at top, 36.25 (56.25)” 92 (143) cm garter edge, 29.5 (44.75)” 75 (113.75) cm bind off edge.
SKILLS: Simple double sided lace from charts, picking up stitches.